Post-Trauma Stress: Officer Well-being Post Confrontation (Part 2)

Part one of this two-part article introduced readers to the diagnostic criteria of post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) and the range of emotional reactions officers may experience after a traumatic event. As discussed, while officers may have little control over when confrontations occur, they do have control over how they respond to these events before, during and after. This article concludes the discussion by … [Read more...]

The Key Considerations For Implementing A Crisis And Recovery Management Plan Across Borders

A corporate crisis can strike at any moment, in any location. Indeed, a crisis relates to an incident, human or natural, that requires urgent attention or action to protect life, property, environment or reputation. In the age of digital media, it can be business as usual one day and, without prior warning, the following day an international corporate crisis can be in full swing. With an almost immediate news cycle … [Read more...]

Will the internet break in 2017?

The size and impact of Internet attacks in the past few months highlights concerns about the Internet’s resilience and the ability of networks in general to handle the evolving threat landscape. Some pundits have suggested the entire Internet is likely to go down in 2017, so it’s essential for businesses to do their part to better secure the Internet and keep it available, according to Aleron. Mark Wroniak, director, … [Read more...]

Why Information Sharing Is Vital To Your Future

Lack of recognition for the vital role security plays results in too many security managers and agency security advisors – and to those readers who do not fit this profile, I apologise in advance, but it is nonetheless true of many others – being in the position because they are either parked there or waiting out their time to retirement. Precious few in the business would see themselves as leaders within their … [Read more...]

Data breaches becoming more complex, pervasive and damaging, finds Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Digest

Data breaches are becoming more complex and are no longer confined to just the IT department, but are now affecting every department within an organization. Each breach leaves a lingering, if not lasting imprint on an enterprise, finds the 2017 Data Breach Digest. As we found in the Verizon 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), the human element is again front and center this year. Humans continue to play a … [Read more...]

Post-Trauma Stress: Officer Well-being Post Confrontation (Part 1)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often referred to as a self-inflicted malady, and this is true to some extent. But it is inflicted out of ignorance. Once individuals have knowledge of what can occur under stress and how to ‘release it’ through breathing and debriefing, they are no longer ignorant. Part one of this two-part article discusses the emotional reactions officers may experience after experiencing or … [Read more...]

Explosives: Not My Problem

Most security managers believe they have no responsibility for explosives, other than a nagging concern about IEDs. This is not the case. Explosives pervade our society: we are reliant on them for our wealth through the mining, rural and construction sectors; we enjoy large and small fireworks shows, pyrotechnic stage effects as well as special effects in Australian-made movies; many of our major transport and … [Read more...]

National Security

Prime Minister Turnbull returned from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit in Peru all fired up about counterterrorism and that was the theme of his national security statement to the House on Wednesday 23rd November 2016. Terrorism is often included as a safe topic at international talks because just about everyone can contribute without there being major disagreements. However, there are many … [Read more...]

Courtroom Survival: Operational Safety After The Fact

The purpose of operational safety training is to prepare officers for that aspect of their job that has the potential to put them in harm’s way, and includes knowledge for officers to make correct decisions within lawful and procedural parameters, physical skills for officer safety and subject control, and strategies to manage the stressful aftermath of confrontations. One aspect that is often not addressed properly is … [Read more...]

What VIP Close Protection Staff Think Of Their Employers

Close personal protection (CPP) is usually provided by police to government VIPs and occasionally to persons at risk from politically motivated violence. Celebrities also employ CPP or bodyguards who either have protective security backgrounds or are employees of security companies. They obviously have to work closely with those they protect and it often becomes a career job if they get on well with the person being … [Read more...]

Securing airports and seaports against serious or organised crime

Changes to the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 and the Maritime and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003 will toughen access to airports and seaports for persons with serious or organised crime convictions. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the measures will enhance the aviation and maritime security identification card (ASIC and MSIC) schemes, which are an important part of securing … [Read more...]

Data security – the crisis risk elephant in the room

If you’re ever tempted to doubt the impact of a data breach, just think about the hackers who leaked emails immediately before the US Democratic National Convention, which exposed the party machine’s bias against election hopeful Bernie Sanders. There's some question as to who engineered the hack. Maybe it was the accused Russians and maybe it wasn’t. But there is no question at all as to the reputational impact for … [Read more...]

10 Leadership Principles For Security Operations

The following are 10 hands-on, field leadership principles that I have personally found to be very useful for private sector security operations. Not only have I successfully applied these leadership principles myself, I have also taught them to other field leaders and watched how they too have had success with them. Though these principles come from over 15 years of my own leadership experience, I am not setting myself … [Read more...]

Security In Emergencies

There is, or there should be, a strong bond between security and emergency management. Security is predominantly about prevention and emergency management about the response, but they overlap in that both need prior planning, training, procedures and interoperability and both should be concerned with the before and after aspects of an incident. Unfortunately, there is often a significant disconnect, particularly where … [Read more...]

IP-Enabled Equipment Continues To Grow In The South-East Asia Region

During the course of recent IHS research on the access control market, the Asia-Pacific region was the fastest growing area globally. The region is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3 percent, reaching $1.6 billion revenue in 2020. One particular trend that started to develop last year was the adoption of panels and other Internet Protocol (IP) based equipment. The use of IP-enabled equipment … [Read more...]

Terrorism Is The New Norm

The security manager can no longer believe that terrorism is an extreme and unlikely event. It is now part of the normal operating environment and every organisation should recognise that armed assailant/active shooter, bombings and hostage takings are to be expected. There is no excuse for the defence “we did not think it could happen to us”. Terrorism is actually a definition of motive; the underlying purpose being … [Read more...]